A couple of weeks ago, South East Women in Farming received an email that let us know about an up-coming event: the launch of a new Wexford based group whose focus is overall health in the farming community. The group had been set up to raise awareness of mental health, physical health and farm safety. Their aim is to reduce fatalities as a result of accidents that could be prevented and to raise awareness of the dangers of ignoring warning signs caused by mental stress or ill-health.
Awareness Head to Toe was launched on Tuesday evening 1st August at The Courtyard in Ferns, Co.Wexford to a crowded and diverse room of supporters. The committee turned out in force (with the exception of one member) and there were a number of speakers on the night.
The chairperson George Graham, (- he was a guest speaker at one of our meetings earlier this year, recounting his own personal struggles with mental health -) opened the proceedings and called on the legendary Anna May McHugh, managing director of the National Ploughing Association to say a few words.
This was followed by brief and off-the-cuff speaches of only a couple of minutes by Sally Griffiths of Pieta House (Wexford), James Kehoe (IFA), Pat Cody (Garda Inspector & Liaison Officer for Mental Health), James Murphy (Kilkenny) and Denis O'Connor (Councellor, Wexford). All spoke concisely and offered their support to the group.
I was very pleased to attend the Launch, particularlly to represent our own fledgling group, and even more pleased when a number of my collegues from SEWFI and another from West Women in Farming (WWFI) turned up too!
The speaches were followed by copious amounts of tea and scones and a wonderful opportunity to chat to some of the other attendees.
A very enjoyable evening on the whole, on behalf of us here at the South East Women in Farming (Ireland), I would like to wish Awareness Head to Toe every support and success in their endevours.
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